Your guide to cheap summer fun for the family

Your guide to cheap summer fun for the family »Play Video
Kids are enjoying the Splash Pad at the Conestoga Recreation Center in Beaverton. (KATU photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- “Mom, we're bored!”

With summer break just around the corner, it’s just a matter of time before parents hear those words. To help parents in need and on a budget, here's our “Summer Seven” – the top picks for free or nearly-free fun.

1. Portland Children’s Museum

See dinosaurs brought back from extinction at the Portland Children's Museum in the summer exhibit: “Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice.” The first Friday of each month is free from 4 to 8 p.m.

More Free Museums - For 20 more free or super cheap museum days, check here.

2. Ladybug Walks

Take a Ladybug Walk at one of Portland’s parks on Fridays at 10 a.m. This guided nature hike is perfect for ages 2-5. (Cost: $3-4)

3. Geocaching

For older adventurers, try geocaching - high-tech treasure hunting with GPS devices. There are hundreds of caches hidden throughout the Northwest. You’ll find simple prizes inside; the fun is in the hunt!

4. Regal Theaters Summer Movie Express

For those sweltering summer days, head to Regal Theaters for $1 kid movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

5. Kids Cook at the Market

Kids learn to cook farm-fresh foods from professional chefs at the PSU Farmers Market on Saturdays from 8:30 to 10 a.m. (Cost: $5)

6. Free Learn to Swim Week

Learn to swim for free at Portland public pools. The four days of lessons run June 18-21 at selected pools. You need to register in person on Saturday, June 8.

7. Conestoga Recreation Center’s Splash Pad

Visit one the area's newest water spots: Splash Pad at the Conestoga Recreation Center in Beaverton. (Cost: $3)


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See summer-tested suggestions from KATU viewers on my Facebook page.

Want even more?
Many libraries and park districts also offer free summer events. Check out the links below for more information.